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PGDip Railway Operations, Management and Policy

Year 1

(Award available for year: Postgraduate Diploma)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
1. Apply and evaluate approaches to pricing, cost measurement and allocation of resources in the rail sector;
2. Understand and apply the key principles and methods of railway investment appraisal, including practical tools;
3. Demonstrate knowledge of how railway transport fits into public policy, the ownership and structure of the industry and the related governance and
decision making structures;
4. Identify, manage and analyse a range of data related to rail sector management, operations and policy
5. Apply statistical techniques to conduct railway transport analysis;
6. Understand and evaluate the purpose and relative merits of the main types of transport models and how railway operational and management analysts
interact with them
7. Develop multi-disciplinary team working skills and gain practical experience with managing a real world project.

Transferable (key) skills

Postgraduate Diploma students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the
modules specified for the programme:
- the skills necessary for employment in the railway industry for a variety of specialist roles in operations, management and policy.
- critically evaluate the appropriateness and applicability of various solutions to problems faced in the rail industry;
- self-direction and independent learning
- the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development
- ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.


Achievement for the Postgraduate Diploma will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:
- evidencing an ability to select and apply appropriate techniques to problem analysis;
- drawing on range of perspectives (empirical, mathematical, engineering, economic etc) when studying railway systems;
- make sound judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.
- demonstrating knowledge of the interaction of the different areas of the railway system and how they are dependent upon one another.


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